At the beginning of every movement for social justice, many, if not most, people, oppose it. Most of them are no doubt generally nice enough folks, but they are simply used to things being the way they have always been: Blacks have never voted. Women have never worn pants. Children have always worked in factories. It’s hard for us to change the ideas that have been ingrained in many of us our whole life.
But the fact that something has “always been that way” does not logically have any relation to its merit. That, in and of itself, is a nonsensical argument. One must try to independently decide whether the status quo is justifiable.
Nowhere in this day and age is this more obvious than on the subject of gay marriage. I find it outrageous, shocking and insulting that in 2011 we actually have the arrogance to believe that we are even entitled to debate the rights of a group of human beings! Gays don’t want “special privileges”, as their detractors claim. They want what blacks, women, seniors, etc, want: to be able to walk down the street without being harassed. To be able to work for a living. To be able to hug their boy/girlfriend without having a rock thrown at them. To be able to visit their girl/boyfriend in the hospital without being thrown out for not being a “relative”. To be able to get coverage from their spouse’s work benefits. Are these unreasonable demands? Does it threaten a straight marriage if two men want to legally merge their finances? Will the world be pushed off its axis if a woman who happens to be in a relationship with another woman can afford her medication? What is this really about?
Any thinking person can see that this opposition to gay marriage (and gay rights in general) has nothing to do with the Bible. It’s been shown time and time again that the same folks that argue “The Bible says homosexuality is a sin” blithely ignore the inconvenient parts of the Bible that they don’t agree with-i.e., stoning adulterers or whatever the Bible says to do.
Those against gay marriage (and gay rights in general) sound equally ridiculous when trotting out the “marriage is for procreation” line. Do these activists protest straight childless marriages? Come on.
What it boils down to, plain and simple, is the “eeew” factor. It’s different! It’s something I personally don’t wish to engage in! It’s gross! These visceral reactions, much like those of an infant, are what is trying to mold our public policy. It is no different than me walking up to you in a restaurant, pointing to your plate of liver, and declaring that because I am grossed out by it, and a few other people are too, you can’t have it!
Civil unions are merely allowing gays to sit on the bus, as long as they sit in the back. Um…that’s…fair.
If courageous people, in every era, failed to stand up for the basic rights of ALL citizens, we’d still have slavery, exploitation of child labor, and segregation. I am intensely proud that despite the injustices still present, there remain those pioneers who will heroically lead us to the next phase of enlightenment.